The Benefits Of Good Old Fashioned Wooden Blocks

The other day I posted an article on many different stacking toys to help develop cognitive, gross motor and problem solving skills.

Today, I came across this article that has found that good old fashioned blocks may make their toddlers smarter. Go figure…

Children who played with blocks scored on average 15 percent higher on language tests — an early indicator of cognitive development — than their peers who didn’t get a chance to stack and pile, according to research released Monday by the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

“Many toys make claims they are actually educational for kids,” said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who led the study. “The interesting thing is that things like blocks never made such claims.”

Playing with the blocks stimulates a child’s imagination – and encourages them to spend less time watching TV.

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of, World Traveled Family and The World We Share. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!


  • A lot of the “old fashioned” toys never claimed to be educational but are such in nature. If a child enjoys playing with the toys, they will learn along the way. Most of the reason that the blocks are education is in the last line of the article, the child spends less time watching TV…

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